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[audio]Steve Reich at UC Berkeley University Museum - Steve Reich
A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: "Four Organs", "My Name Is", "Piano Phase", and "Phase Patterns." This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco Bay Area new music history with the triumphant return to the East Bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley's seminal work, “In C", at the San Francisco Tape Music Center...
Keywords: Music; KPFA-FM; Minimalism; New Music; Steve Reich; University Museum, UC Berkeley
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[audio]Conlon Nancarrow on KPFA's Ode To Gravity Series from 1987 including interviews from Mexico City and New York recorded in 1977 - Conlon Nancarrow
In an interview by Charles Amirkhanian with Conlon Nancarrow at this Mexico City home in 1977, the composer reveals details of his compositions for one or more player pianos including the equipment needed to hand-punch the holes into the piano rolls. Reminiscences of the artists residing in Mexico City from the 1940s on, including Diego Rivera, are recounted. There are recordings of several "Studies for Player Piano" presented, and in one instance, a composition for traditional instruments (Stri...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Avantgarde
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[audio]Forty-Two for Henry Flynt by La Monte Young performed by Peter Winkler (gong) at the Third Annual Festival of the Avant Garde in San Francisco, 1965 - La Monte Young
La Monte Young is an American composer living in New York, where he is associated with the group of composers who have derived a good deal of their impetus from the music and personality of John Cage. He was a student at the University of California, where much of his early music was performed in the late 1950s. Since that time he has gone on to fame as a progenitor of the minimalist music movement...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Experimental; 20th Century Classical; Minimalism
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[audio]French composer Francis Dhomont performs "Les moirures du temp" and "Phonurgie" at Other Minds 10, 2004 - Francis Dhomont
Francis Dhomont performs Les moirures du temps (The shimmering ripples of time) (Feb. 1999, rev. 2001) and Phonurgie from Cycle du son (1998) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. To purchase studio recordings of these pieces visit www.electrocd.com. French composer Francis Dhomont is one of the original proponents of electroacoustic music along with Pierre Schaeffer, founder of musique concrète...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Avantgarde
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[audio]John Cage interviewed by Jack Hirschman in Los Angeles, 1963 - John Cage, Jack Hirschman
This interview conducted by poet and broadcaster at KPFK FM Jack Hirschman was recorded in conjunction with John Cages visit to Los Angeles with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, performing at Royce Hall. Cage was to perform "45' for a Speaker" at UCLA's Schoenberg Hall in July 1963a kind of lecture performance. It was composed by chance operations related to the imperfections on the paper on which it was composed.
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]The Jewish Bob Dylan
Bernard Timberg analyzes the songs of Bob Dylan looking for Jewish themes and imagery. He identifies messianic longings in Quinn the Eskimo, references to Jewish burial practices in Masters of War, and finds significance in the fact that the initials of John Wesley Harding can be interpreted as the name of the Jewish God, YHWH. Issues such as social justice and a sense of out-sideness imbue the songs of Dylan as they do the history of the Jewish people...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Documentary; Folk Music; Bob Dylan
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[audio]Topical and Traditional Folk Music: “Bringing It All Back Home” by Bob Dylan
After a fairly brief and appropriately poetically abstract introduction, Roy Trumbull plays Bob Dylan’s fifth studio album “Bringing It All Back Home,” in its entirety. This program was recorded on April 17, 1965, just a month after the LP had been released on Columbia Records. Long recognized as the album in which Dylan embraced rock and roll and turned from writing political protest songs to those more personal or allegorical in nature, “Bringing It All Back Home” featured one side o...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Folk Music; Music
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[audio]Randy Weston & African Rhythms perform Blues for Langston Hughes & Other Selections at Other Minds 8, 2002 - Randy Weston
Randy Weston and African Rhythms perform new and classic works of Weston's at Other Minds Music Festival 8 in 2002 at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco California. The music, according to Robin D.G. Kelley, New York Times jazz critic and NYC African Studies Professor, "...pushes the African rhythms to the foreground and always tries to work within a framework true to the source, whether it's the West African dance music called highlife or sacred songs from Morocco...
Keywords: Jazz
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[audio]Morning Concert: Prospero's Pens
Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Other Finds; Fountain Pens
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[audio]Charles Dodge, Speaking Of Music at the Exploratorium in 1986 - Charles Dodge
Charles Dodge interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, February 27, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian hosts an evening with electronic music composer Charles Dodge. Dodges stated intent is to discover new ideas by experimenting with new technology. He elaborates on the technical aspects of his computerized music, which extends human speech into realms not possible without the aid of technology...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Experimental; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]An Interview With Dick Higgins, 1971 - Dick Higgins
An interview with intermedia artist Dick Higgins, who discusses his views about California Institute of the Arts, artists and his company, Something Else Press, with Richard Friedman and Anthony Gnazzo. This was recorded Sunday, June 13, 1971, at the KPFA studios, after Higgins resigned his post at Cal Arts. He discusses his reasons for leaving and the problems he faced there. He also gives his ideas on what an arts institute should be like, and why he and his press were moving to Vermont...
Keywords: Avantgarde
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[audio]Speaking of Music: Reinbert de Leeuw
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Dutch composer, pianist, and author Reinbert de Leeuw, recorded on November 10, 1983, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. De Leeuw performs and discusses the early piano music of Erik Satie, the performance of which has garnered the pianist a global reputation. De Leeuw’s particular interpretation of this music is quite different from the standard...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; Classical Music; Reinbert de Leeuw
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[audio]Edward Abbey Reading at the Telluride Ideas Festival, 1986
Author, essayist, and environmentalist, Edward Abbey gives a talk and reads from his essays and books during an appearance at the Telluride Ideas Festival on August 17, 1986. Abbey is perhaps best known for his radical stance on public land policy and supposed support for eco-terrorism. A true iconoclast, Abbey has been condemned and praised by mainstream environmentalists and conservative Western ranchers alike...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Literature; Current Events; Spoken Word; Telluride; Edward Abbey
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[audio]US Premiere of Hanna Kulenty's "Flute Concerto No.1" at Other Minds 10, 2004 - Hanna Kulenty
US Premiere of Hanna Kulenty's Flute Concerto No. 1 (2001) performed at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. Hanna Kulenty: Flute Concerto No. 1 (2001) US Premiere Anne La Berge, quarter-tone flute Parallèle Ensemble, Nicole Paiement, conductor Winner of the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers (2003), and one of Europes most promising young composers, Hanna Kulentys talent is virtually undiscovered in the US...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Speaking of Music: John Cage
Charles Amirkhanian interviews John Cage on January 8, 1987, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. The program begins with a discussion of two of Cage’s pieces of aleatoric music, “Music For” which is scored for any number of instruments, and “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras”. Also discussed in detail is “EurOperas 1 & 2”, which was intended to be an opera like no other, and in that regard it has no real libretto nor plot...
Keywords: Speaking of Music Series at the Exploratorium; Interview and Music; New Music; John Cage
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[audio]The Music of Alvin Curran and MEV
A selection of recordings and live performances by Alvin Curran and his group MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva). This is classic, avant-garde, electro-acoustic music from the 1960s and early 70s.
Keywords: Music; Avant-Garde; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Alvin Curran
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[audio]Elliott Carter: A Life In Music, a documentary (1983) - Elliott Carter
This program provides an overview of Carter's compositions from 1942 to 1978. It includes excerpts from several of his compositions including the Symphony No. 1 (1942), Piano Sonata (1945-6), Cello Sonata (1948) and Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano (1961). Importantly, the program includes recordings of complete performances of the Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord (1952) with informative analysis by David Schiff (Carter's biographer)...
Keywords: Documentary; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Astor Piazzolla on KPFA's Speaking Of Music, 1989 - Astor Piazzolla
Composer Astor Piazzolla interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at The Exploratorium in San Francisco on May 11, 1989. In this program, Astor Piazzolla reveals the history of tango, its derivation from the milonga, the development of the accordion-like bandoneon, and pivotal points in his own compositional career, importantly how he changed traditional tango to Nuevo Tango following his dismissal by teacher Nadia Boulanger in Paris...
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[audio]Susan Stone, Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium in 1991 - Susan Stone
Sound poet Susan Stone interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, May 23, 1991. A master of mixed-media performance, Stone is in the forefront of current experimental work in voice, language, and tape. Her exploration of the human psyche, particularly of female characters struggling with the elements of intimacy, is at the core of her subject matter...
Keywords: Sound Poetry; Experimental
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[audio]Philip Glass Interviewed on his 4/21/85 performance at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco - Philip Glass
Philip Glass interview with Charles Amirkhanian on January 25, 1985 on Glass' upcoming April 21st performance at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. First broadcast April 11 on KPFA's Morning Concert Series.
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Minimalism
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[audio]Music of the Venerable Dark Cloud
A copy of a 1967 commercial recording of gamelan music by Mantle Hood and Hardja Susilo, released by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Institute of Ethnomusicology (IER 7501). Performed on the Javanese Gamelan Khjai Mendung (The Venerable Dark Cloud) by American and foreign students at the University of California at Los Angeles. This album was released along with a book with the same title.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; World Music
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[audio]Morning Concert: A Live Piano Concert by Martha Anne Verbit
Pianist Martha Anne Verbit performs live in the KPFA studio on the station’s Bösendorfer grand piano, and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about her excursions into the sensuous, mystical, and arcane reaches of early 20th century piano music, as well as giving biographical information about each of the composers featured in this concert. Verbit has recorded an album of music by Cyril Scott for Genesis Records, and is an expert performer of Scriabin’s music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Martha Ann Verbit; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Piano Music
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[audio]Nicolas Slonimsky Speaks about Frank Zappa - Nicolas Slonimsky
In these recorded comments by Slonimsky, his musical world (classical/avant garde) and that of Frank Zappa (popular/avant garde) came together primarily due to the publication of a book by Slonimsky on scales and harmonies that attracted Zappas attention. Slonimsky recounts his acceptance of an invitation by Zappa to play with his Rock Band. He also recounts how amazed he was when he observed Zappas scores for classical music which looked far out like something Edgar Varese would write, a compos...
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[audio]John Cage Lecture Reading: on Rauschenberg, Duchamp, Johns etc. at L.A. County Museum of Art, 1965 - John Cage
John Cage reads: "On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist and His Work", published in his book Silence, and "26 Statements Re Duchamp", and "Jasper Johns: Stories and Ideas", both published in his book A Year From Monday. The lecture begins with an amusing and informative autobiographical introduction to his interest in art and artists, how he became a composer, and how he wrote each of these pieces. This lecture is of great historical value...
Keywords: Avantgarde; Spoken Word; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Early Improvisations with Pauline Oliveros, Loren Rush, Terry Riley, and Others
A series of improvisations, recorded around 1957, and featuring Pauline Oliveros, Loren Rush, Terry Riley, Laurel Johnson, Robert Erickson, and Bill Butler. The instrumentation for these five pieces is varied and unspecified, but seems to include piano, percussion, flute, and a trumpet, or some other brass instrument. The first improvisation is used as accompaniment for a lengthy monologue. These early experiments with aleatoric and improvisatory music serves as a valuable historical record chro...
Keywords: Music; New Music; Improvisation; Monologues with music
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[audio]Songs of Hoboes and Riding the Rails by Utah Phillips
Utah Phillips sings songs and tells stories about hoboes and riding the rails. Combining selections from two concerts given by Phillips in the late 1970s, this program features songs by Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and traditional folk songs, as well as a number of Phillips’ own compositions. Part singer, story teller, union organizer, and political activist, Phillips was as legendary as some of the characters in the stories he told...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Folk Music; Utah Phillips
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[audio]Country Joe McDonald at KPFA
Country Joe McDonald made his start, in some ways, playing late night jams at KPFA on the “Midnight Show” in the mid-1960s. For this recording, made in April of 1977, Country Joe returned to the KPFA studios to present a concert of acoustic songs, in support of the station’s fund raising efforts. As well as performing some of his classic war protest songs, such as “Fixin’ To Die Rag”, McDonald also plays a number of more recent songs that reflect his environmental concerns, such as ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music; Popular Music; Folk Music; Country Joe McDonald
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[audio]Lou Harrison: A New Gamelan - Lou Harrison
Music of Indonesia had haunted Lou Harrison from an early age to the point where he went to Asia to study. Upon his return, he decided to design and make Asian instruments using Western materials. With the help of Bill Colvig, they made two gamelans actually one that plays in two modes out of steel and aluminum tubes as well as slabs of aluminum. The gamelan is tuned to two separate modes of intonation (scale of overtones): U mode pentatonic scale and Gamelan 711 which includes prime numbers 7 a...
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[audio]Anthony Braxton, Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium in 1985 - Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, December 5, 1985. The distinguished composer and improvisor, recently appointed to the music faculty at Mills College in Oakland, discusses foundation materials for vocabulary and structural models in his music. Using the seminal composition JMK-80/CFN-7 (Composition 26b) which he premiered in 1971 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, Braxton illustrates his new me...
Keywords: Jazz; Interview
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[audio]Speaking of Music: Milton Babbitt
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Milton Babbitt. They are joined by pianist Alan Feinberg who plays a number of Babbitt's works including one piece that will have it's world premiere the next day.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; New Music; Milton Babbitt; Speaking of Music series
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[audio]John Cage and Morton Feldman In Conversation, 1967 - John Cage, Morton Feldman
Part 1 (39:25): This first of a three part conversation between John Cage and Morton Feldman was recorded at WBAI in New York between October 18-25, 1967. The segment begins with Cage and Feldman discussing the various ways people perceive intrusion in their lives. The composers then spend some time on the occupation of the artist as "being deep in thought," and what the goals or purposes of "being deep in thought" might be...
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[audio]Margaret Leng Tan performs John Cage Suite for Toy Piano (1948) at Other Minds 5, 1999 - John Cage & Margaret Leng Tan
Margaret Leng Tan performs the John Cage composition Suite for Toy Piano (1948) at the Other Minds Music Festival in 1999 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Margaret Leng Tan, toy piano. Ms. Tan plays the Schoenhut toy piano. According to Tan: Cage wrote his Suite for Toy Piano at Black Mountain College in North Carolina for Merce Cunningham's Diversion. Its five short movements use only nine consecutive white notes...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]World Ear Project: Water Faucet Dripping Into a Cup of Water
A recording of water dripping into a cup of water No its not a form of torture, its just raw sound emanating from a Berkeley faucet. One can use it as a form of meditation or turn it into a new form of auditory art. Recorded on Dec. 7, 1972. Maybe its a tribute to the brave soldiers that died at Pearl Harbor? The volume of this stereo recording varies, allowing the listener to enjoy the full range of resonance.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Other Finds; Soundscapes; World Ear Project
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[audio]The Well-Prepared Piano by Richard Bunger
Charles Amirkhanian introduces the young American pianist Richard Bunger who has written a book entitled The Well Prepared Piano and has just released a fine album of new music for prepared and unprepared piano on Avant (AV 1008). Bunger plays music of John Cage, Henry Cowell, Harold Budd, and E. T. Paull live in the studio, and we hear other pieces from recordings, including The Perilous Night by John Cage, Prelude No...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Prepared Piano
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[audio]Ode to Gravity: An Interview with Robbie Basho
An interview with Berkeley guitarist and composer Robbie Basho, one of the most innovative performers playing acoustically at the time of this recording. Robbie introduces music from his Vanguard record album "Zarthus" (1974) and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about world music influences in his recent work and his interest in American Indian music.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity series; Interview and Music; World Music; Folk Music; Robbie Basho
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[audio]Morning Concert: The Music of John Haussermann
One of the most unusual and inspiring stories in modern American music is that of composer John Haussermann. Born in 1909, to a wealthy family then living in Manila, Haussermann studied music at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1924–27) and at Colorado College, before going to Paris in 1930 to study organ with Marcel Dupré. While in Paris he became friends with Maurice Ravel and began serious study of composition with Paul Le Flem...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Documentary; 20th Century Classical; Chamber Music
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[audio]Frank Zappa Day
On February 10, 1986, as part of it’s fund raising marathon, KPFA dedicated an entire day of programming to the music of Frank Zappa, including this four hour long segment, during which Zappa joined Charles Amirkhanian, live in the studio to talk about his work and his fight against censorship, as well as to take part in an hour long panel discussion on gang violence and its relationship to rock music and Satanism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Frank Zappa
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[audio]The Piano Music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji was a British born composer, pianist, and author who wrote some of the longest and most difficult to perform works for the piano ever composed. Although a 20th century composer his works had more in common with the elaborate counterpoint of Bach than with the modern compositions of his contemporaries, such as Cage, Antheil, or Schoenberg. His compositions were so difficult to play that he actually forbid public performance of them for decades, so as to avoid them from ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Documentary; New Music; 20th Century Classical; Shapurji Sorabji
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[audio]Percussion Music: From Lou Harrison’s collection of 78 rpm acetate records
On this installment of Ode to Gravity, Charles Amirkhanian unearths rare gems from Lou Harrison’s personal record collection. Amirkhanian focuses on percussion music from the late 1930s and early 1940s, broadcasting selections by American composers Harrison, Henry Cowell, Johanna Beyer and William Russell. Many of these recordings were made live at one of John Cage’s famous percussion concerts, in 1939 at the Cornish School in Seattle...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Ode to Gravity Series; Lou Harrison; Percussion Music; New Music; acetate discs; 78rpm
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[audio]String Quartet No. 3 by Michael Nyman performed at Other Minds 11, 2005 - Michael Nyman
San Francisco's Del Sol String Quartet performs the San Francisco Premiere of Michael Nyman's String Quartet No. 3 (1989) at Other Minds 11 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Nyman's intensely moving String Quartet No. 3, composed in Armenia and redolent of sadness of the music of that oppressed people, is performed by Del Sol. Del Sol String Quartet Charlton Lee, viola Kate Stenberg, violin Rick Shinozaki, violin Monica Scott, cello
Keywords: Minimalism; 20th Century Classical
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[audio]Accordionist Stefan Hussong performs at Other Minds 10, 2004 - Stefan Hussong, John Cage, Keiko Harada, Adriana Hölszky
Accordionist Stefan Hussong performs at Other Minds 10 at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2004. Pieces include: Traditional Gagaku (Japan, 10th Century), Banshiki no Choshi John Cage, Dream (1948) Keiko Harada (1999), Bone+ (US Premiere) John Cage, In a landscape (1948) Adriana Höelszky, High Way for One for Accordion Solo (2000) (US Premiere) Stefan Hussong, accordion Polka and Conjunto step asidethis is accordion like youve never heard before...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical; Avantgarde
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[audio]Morton Feldman, Speaking of Music at the Exploratorium in 1986 - Morton Feldman
Morton Feldman interviewed by Charles Amirkhanian at the Exploratorium's Speaking of Music Series in San Francisco, January 30, 1986. Charles Amirkhanian interviews Morton Feldman and asks right at the top: Is your music Hermetic? The answers take us on a whirlwind tour of this composers opinions, philosophy, criticisms, recollections and observations. There are excerpts from his Piano and String Quartet as well as his Violin Concerto...
Keywords: 20th Century Classical
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[audio]On Varese's Ionisation, 1973 - Edgar Varese, Nicolas Slonimsky, David Cloud
This program was produced for broadcast on the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of Ionisation, a percussion work by Edgar Varese. Nicolas Slonimsky, who conducted that performance, reminisces about the event with David Cloud of KPFK. Recorded on March 6, 1973. Varese's music was one of the first pieces in Western Classical music history performed solely on percussion instruments. Using a variety of conventional (snare drum, bass drum) and unconventional sources (sirens, Lion's roar), the m...
Keywords: Interview; New Music; Orchestral Music; Edgar Varese
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[audio]San Francisco Chamber Music Society Concert (pieces by Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, Morton Subotnick, Robert Moran, Doulgas Leedy, Anthony Gnazzo and Charles Shere), 1976 - Robert Moran, Anthony Gnazzo, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender, Douglas Leedy, Charles Shere, Morton Subotnick
San Francisco Chamber Music Society Concert from November 15, 1976. The most unconventional composers in the Bay Area at the time, presented on a series usually host to more conventional classical music. Imagine a fish aquarium with staff lines drawn on it. Now play the fish as they move up and down the scale in the bowl. You have the concept of this infamous work that, for a short time, became the talk of the town here in San Francisco...
Keywords: Avantgarde; 20th Century Classical; tape collage
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[audio]William Burroughs Press Conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974 - William Burroughs
William Burroughs press conference at Berkeley Museum of Art on November 12, 1974. Sponsored by the Pacific Film Archive. At a press release on an unidentified occasion, William Burroughs fields an array of questions, discusses relationships with or opinions on Paul Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jose Delgado, Alfred Korzybski, et.al. as well as opinions on the women's movement, contemporary (1974) politics (Watergate, etc.), governmental methods of civilian control and the possibilities of revo...
Keywords: poet; poetry
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[audio]Pli Selon Pli by Pierre Boulez
From the 1962 Donaueschingen Music Festival, a complete recording of Pierre Boulez’s “Pil Selon Pil” for soprano and orchestra, performed by Eva Maria Rogner and the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer. “Pil Selon Pil” which is translated as “fold by fold” or “crease on crease” is a piece in five movements, each based on poem by Stéphane Mallarmé...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Music: 20th Century Classical; Pierre Boulez
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[audio]A Reading from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Professor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr. reads the general prologue and the concluding retraction of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales.” One of the foremost experts on early English poetry, Bessinger offers a masterful recitation of this seminal work of literature, all in the original Middle English. The lyrical quality of Chaucer’s masterpiece is best appreciated when read aloud by someone fluent in the archaic form of English in which it was written...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Literature; Spoken Word
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[audio]John Cage at KPFA on July 29, 1971 - John Cage
On the evening of Thursday, July 29, 1971, John Cage visited KPFA to talk about his current activities and interests and also to read the first and fifth sections from his Diary: How to improve the world (you will only make matters worse). He also reads a high school oratory which garnered a permanent trophy for Los Angeles High School where he was valedictorian of the class of 1928. Present in the room during the discussion are also Charles Amirkhanian, Richard Friedman, Charles Shere and Gerar...
Keywords: Interview; Experimental Literature; Avant-Garde; John Cage; KPFA-FM
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[audio]John Cage and David Tudor Concert at The San Francisco Museum of Art (January 16, 1965) - John Cage & David Tudor
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and The San Francisco Museum of Art present John Cage and David Tudor Program John Cage: Duet for Cymbal (from Cartridge Music, 1960) (19:17) Christian Wolff: for 1, 2 or 3 people (23:36) John Cage: Variations IV (31:46) Recorded by KPFA Radio on the 39th birthday of David Tudor, this historic concert with John Cage thundered through the halls of the sculpture court of the San Francisco Museum of Art before a capacity audience that included the late Darius...
Keywords: Music; New Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; david Tudor; John Cage
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[audio]When Music was Mechanical
Visit the Oakland Museumâs Mechanical Musical Instrument exhibit that ran December 16, 1972 through February 4, 1973. Organized over a two year period by the museumâs curator, Gretchen Schneider, the exhibit held around eighty varieties of mechanical instruments from the turn of the (19th) century. Charles Amirkhanian visits the museum to interview Schneider and demonstrates a variety of the tunes played by the musical machines...
Keywords: Oakland Museum; mechanical instruments; KPFA 1973; radiom.org; barrel organ; electric orchestrion; Wurlitzer; turnaphone
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